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Ratu Inoke: Visit Success

The State Visit to Fiji by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a overwhelming applause and support from Government and the public at large. In an interview with the Fiji
21 Nov 2014 09:12
Ratu Inoke:  Visit Success
From left; The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Fiji counterpart Voreqe Bainimarama at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Wednesday .Photo: Deptfo News

The State Visit to Fiji by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a overwhelming applause and support from Government and the public at large.

In an interview with the Fiji Sun yesterday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, summed up the visit as “successful”.

He said: “The visit by Prime Minister Modi has demostrated a strong bonding between Fiji and India and we want to further stregnthen our bilateral relations in years to come through collaborations, official visits, continued friendship and diplomacy.”

On how successful the visit was Ratu Inoke said: “…bilateral meeting with Fiji and the multilateral meetings with the Pacific island country leaders were of mutual interest to all countries. The warmth between these countries have been experienced by these leaders and I regard this as good development and progression towards our friendship.”

He said Fiji’s relation with India was a long and historical one, going back 135 years this year and bilateral relations dated back to 1970.

“There have been a number of statements made by both countries that will ensure economic growth and enhance trade and tourism between Fiji and India,” the Minister said.

On the issue of visa on arrival, Ratu Inoke welcomed the move saying: “The announcement by Prime Minister Modi for Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Fiji and the Pacific island countries is indeed an important one and I regard this reciprocal arrangement timely now that Fiji and the Pacific island countries will use the privilege to enter India at any convenient time.”

He said now the Government could refer many of our patients to India for medical consultations and treatment.

“Therefore the VOA arrangement will facilitate quick referrals for such healthcare needs. I am optimistic that the arrangements for VOA will be made anytime soon,” he said.

“My ministry will begin work on the outcomes of the bilateral meetings.”

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